Many of Frank Packer's photographs from the early 20th century are now in the care of the Picture Oxon, a department of the Oxfordshire Country Council, from whom copies of such photographs may be purchased. Enter 'Packer Swerford' in the Search box to see what they hold. Click for the Picture Oxon website.
Swerford Castle excavations:
The Martyn Jope papers on Swerford Castle are now deposited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
A free resource for information on births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales is provided by FreeBMD, although this is still incomplete. Other useful sites include the International Genealogical Index of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (also free) and The Genealogist web site, for on-line census records (by subscription).
We are also extremely grateful to Don Knibbs, who provided information on the Knibbs family who lived in Blue Row for a large part of the nineteenth century. He has also been kind enough to allow this link to the Knibbs web site. Not only is there a lot of history about William Knibbs, but also some photographs including Caroline Knibbs who lived at Blue Row. (Other branches of the Knibbs family came from nearby Hook Norton, Deddington, Chipping Norton, Banbury, Charlbury, Cropredy etc.)
There are many places to find out more about old maps, or obtain copies. For example, the Ordnance Survey (OS), or the British library, the famous Stanfords shop in London, or the Old Map Company.
Other info to be provided shortly including:
Rural life site